ISO 9001:2015 has reached the Committee Draft stage, which is the first consultation in the revision of the standard. It is expected the new revision of ISO 9001:2008 will be published by the end of 2015. At that point there will be a transition period (usually two years) before ISO 9001:2008 officially becomes out of date.
Following the adoption by ISO of ‘ISO Directives Annex SL’ in 2012, all technical committees developing management system standards have to use the same structure, common terms and core definitions and identical core text. This is aimed at increasing the alignment of ISO’s management system standards and ISO 9001 will follow this new format during its revision process.
For this reason, we know that the revised version of ISO 9001 will have ten sections:
2. Normative references
3. Terms and definitions: This will reference the common terms and core definitions outlined in Annex SL as well as any which are specific to QMS.
4. Context of the organisation: This section will include requirements relating to understanding the organisation implementing the Standard, the needs and expectations of interested parties, the scope of its QMS and the QMS itself.
5. Leadership:This section will include requirements relating to top management leadership and commitment, the QMS policy, including organisational roles, responsibilities and authorities.
6. Planning: This section will include requirements relating to actions to address risks and opportunities, QMS objectives and plans to achieve them, Planning of changes.
7. Support:This section will include requirements relating to resources needed for the QMS (Infrastructure, Process Environment, monitoring and measuring devices, knowledge), personnel competence and awareness, communication and documented information (creating and updating, including control of documented Information).
8. Operation: This section will include requirements relating to operational planning and control, determination of market needs and interactions with customers,operational planning process, control of external provision of goods and services, development of goods and services, production of goods and provision of services, release of goods and services, and nonconforming goods and services.
9. Performance evaluation: This section will include requirements relating to monitoring, measurement, analysis and evaluation, internal audit and management review.
10. Improvement: This section will include non-conformity and corrective action and improvement.